LG is having quite the busy day, with the release of the Optimus F5 occuring immediately after yesterday’s announcement. In addition to this, LG made the anticipated announcement that their curved OLED TV, the first of its kind, will be available within the next month.
The curved TV is a really unique idea that has mostly only been seen in IMAX theaters. The curved screen allows viewers to feel more engrossed in the experience.
For those unfamiliar with OLED technology, OLEDs are LEDs made with organic material. Though manufacturing costs are currently extremely high, the actual material should cost less to produce than LEDs once mass manufacturing methods are created. OLED tech offers much better pictures than LED and plasma. Refresh times are incredibly quick, and viewing angles are every bit as good as plasma TVs. Color depth is better than in any other current technology, and this includes black levels. There is also no ghosting when using OLEDs.
OLEDs are flexible, which has helped the curved OLED TV to be possible. With any new technology though, the price tag is an initial deterrent for early adopters. A 55″ flat OLED screen will cost $12,000.
The curved OLED TV also offers some nice specs physically. The TV will weigh just over 37 pounds, and will only be 0.17 inches in total depth.
In their announcement they made today, they will be releasing a curved 55″ model in South Korea for 15 million won (roughly $13,500). For those tech junkies in South Korea who can afford this, pre-orders started today with shipments being made sometime in May.
I’ve always been a bit intrigued by curved displays. I feel like virtual reality won’t be as immersive until we can be surrounded fully by a screen. Whether that is through virtual reality glasses that move with our face, or with a TV that goes all the way around us, OLEDs seem to be pointing in the right direction for more immersive entertainment experiences.
There is no official release date given for OLEDs in markets outside of South Korea, but it can be expected that they’ll make it over here before too long. If you really want to, shipping the carbon fiber framed TV over here wouldn’t be too excessive if you’re already willing to pay that much for the TV.